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New York Nightlife – Best Places To Go Out And Have Fun

Updated on July 5, 2012
New York City at night
New York City at night

New York probably has the most diverse and intense nightlife in the country. New Yorkers love to go out and we do it almost every night. More than 20,000 restaurants, endless number bars and clubs, opera and concert halls, Broadway theaters and dance companies, sport games and rock star performances - every night in New York you easily can find things to do for fun according to your interests and desires.

Time Square at night, NYC

Almost every block in Manhattan has at least one restaurant or a bar, therefore there is no problem to find a place to eat, have a drink or just hang out and meet people. A bar scene is quite diverse and depends on a neighborhood where a bar is located. If you want to be surrounded mostly by tourists - there are plenty of bars and restaurants on Time Square and Theater District. To hang out with young professional crowd go to any venue at Irving Place or East Village. To hang out with locals - Upper East Side has plenty friendly bars and restaurants. For a gay scene - there are plenty cozy cafes in West Village and gay bars in Chelsea. Meatpacking district, TriBeCa and Low East Side, as the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan, attract all kind of crowds. Here, you will find great restaurants and bars, hottest New York night clubs, as well as, celebrity spots and famous New York landmarks.

Cielo club, NYC

View from Plunge lounge, Hotel Gansevoort, NYC
View from Plunge lounge, Hotel Gansevoort, NYC

Meatpacking district, once home to slaughterhouses and packing plants, then a center for drug dealing and transsexual prostitution, now is the trendiest area for shopping in New York and a center of New York nightlife. Two hottest New York night clubs Cielo (18 Little W. 12th St.) and Kiss & Fly (409 W. 13th St.) are here. Popular restaurants such as Pastis (9 9th Ave.), Budda Bar (17 Little West 12th St.), Spice Market (403 W. 13th St.) and Bagatelle (409 West 13th St.) as well as two great roof top spots at Gansevoort Hotel and at Soho House are also here. It is a great area to hang out at night for any occasion. You can easily cover a few places at one night - each venue is just one step away from another. Most of places are open till 4 o'clock in the morning and totally packed till the end. So, be aware, that if you stay out late here, it is practically impossible to get a taxi.

Chelsea, a center of the New York art scene with more than 200 art galleries located here, is also a center for gay culture in New York. There are plenty of gay bars and nightclubs here. Straight people are also very welcome to the neighborhood. Marquee nightclub (289 Tenth Ave.), the chi-chi West Chelsea hotspot, welcomes people of all gender, age and sexual orientation.

Midtown Manhattan skyline
Midtown Manhattan skyline

New York, a city of skyscrapers and beautiful landscapes, offers many great rooftop bars, where you can enjoy your drink under the sky accompanied by astonishing views of the city. This summer, among well-known New York bars with view, a few new places became quite popular. Highbar (251 W 48th St.) completed with daybeds and located on the sixteenth floor, provides some serious ganders at the Hudson River. Salon de Ning (at the Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave.) just opened instead of Pen-Top Bar and Terrace, is a great lounge under the sky with splendid views of Fifth Avenue as well as midtown Manhattan famous buildings such as MetLife, Citicorp, AT&T, 666 and etc. The Sky Terrace (at the Hudson Hotel, 356 W 58th St.) is a 15th-floor terrace with views of the Hudson River, as well as Ninth Avenue stretching towards lower Manhattan. The Delancey (168 Delancey St.), the Lower East Side hotspot, opened its roof deck with a clear view of the Williamsburg Bridge.

If a party in a club or a bar is not your cup of tea, then New York has plenty serious things to offer for a night out: Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, jazz and blues clubs, opera and ballet, classical music concerts and etc., as well as serious culinary experiences in fantastic New York restaurants. Some of great New York restaurants are open till late, so you can easily combine in one night out a concert or a theater with dinner after midnight. If you travel to New York on a budget - take advantage of free concerts and theater performances in Central Park, as well as, great deals in New York restaurants. Don't forget that New York is not only Manhattan. You can find great places to go out and have fun in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Have a fantastic night out in New York!


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      nightnyc 3 years ago

      If you are looking for good NYC nightlife guide, I recommend you

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      Tiff 4 years ago

      There are so many places in NY, but when I went, just recently, I found these recommendations on this video useful. We went to the first restaurant and the club Greenhouse at the end.

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      kevin 4 years ago

      I Love New York , I visit very often theres a good website which tells you the best spots for nightlife check it out

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      Henrico Botha 5 years ago from South Africa

      I really want to go to New York, want to work there, but after the Financial Crisis, I think for me as a young foreign student it would be quite difficult to get a job there. I'm in my final year of Bcomm.Law (economics as main subject), what is your take on this guys?

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      hw 5 years ago

      I'm not a huge "clubber," but I've in New York long enough to know the spots. Generally Meat Packing District has the highest concentration of "happening" clubs (Tenjune, RDV, Gunbar, Cielo, etc) on any given day of the week. One note of caution - while a lot of fun, those clubs can also be more of a hassle to get into with long lines and expensive cover charge, not to mention the expensive drinks once you get in. Generally, I'd advise you going with a "club promoter" who can help provide a smoother experience by getting you past lines quickly and provide deals on drinks (sometimes even free!). I've used this group and found their events to be reasonable, although there are lots of other groups out there who can also help your experience.

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      Sophie 5 years ago

      There is such a variety of addresses in NY that it is sometimes difficult for me to find the right one! I've found a website - - full of things to do at night. Check it!

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      melodyandes 6 years ago

      Love New York!

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      LX 6 years ago

      I am a chinese,I really want to go to the New York!

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      sandra 6 years ago

      I love Cielo, what a great spot!

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      cressinia 7 years ago

      Another idea is the Sky Rooms at Times Square - 34 floors up, reasonably prices, and with outstanding views.

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      billrobinson 7 years ago from CA, USA

      Thanks for this nice post. Keep on posting!

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      kingkhan78 7 years ago

      great information in hub page community about new york night life

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      New York Walking Tours 7 years ago

      oh, and one more thing - try not to get addicted to it's nightlife. He he, impossible !

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      New York Walking Tours 7 years ago

      NYC is the best place to be on earth every second of your life :) I just love it's urban legends, it's everything especially it;s nightlife which is really well presented here. Cheers !

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      selena6581 7 years ago

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      I've always loved the nightlife in New York. It has an energy like no other place in the world! I don't get back to NYC as often as I'd like but I always have a good time when I do.

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      Bill 7 years ago

      I live in NYC and it is the greatest city in the world, I own 3 bars/restaurants. The next time you are in town, check out David Copperfield's House of Beer, the Hop Devil Grill and the Belgian Room. I am trying to fix up the websites better but you will like the neighborhoods they ae in too.

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      gerf1inkle 7 years ago

      I prefer the midwest for some weird reason that has no basis, but yeah... pretty sweet nightlife. How you guys get any sleep :D ?

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      Jennifer 987 7 years ago

      Great and diverse ideas! Check out for compatibility in your new york dating.

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      Mendy 7 years ago

      There is no comparison of any other city with NY.

      Big Apple is one of the best tourist destinations of the world.

      The city has several tourist attractions with intense nighlife.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I went to the Budda Bar and took shots of the New York Skyline in Soho House. I reckon New York is simply the best city in the world. Everything is open late and it truly never sleeps. It has so much character and History, it is truly amazing! Cheers for this great hub! Rating you up!

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      Easy Fit Inc. 7 years ago from Woodside, NY

      Great Hub! I'm thinking of going to NYC, and now I am convinced I need to go. The nightlife looks incredible.

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      Fresh_Flower 7 years ago from London

      I've never been to NY, I'd love to go videos! Thanks!

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      Misterlak 7 years ago

      Was in Ny last year and loved it! x

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      rdelp 8 years ago

      I have hung out in New York only a few times but I have had a great time every time.

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      Sexy jonty 8 years ago from India

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      magdielqr 8 years ago

      Wow! I really love this hub. This is a great collection of cool videos.

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      Susan M 8 years ago

      We just took our son to NYC for his 15th birthday. It was fabulous and we can't wait go go back! If you want good prices on a broadway show go to the TKTS booth in times square - we saved a lot on great seats to see Chicago!

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      Andrea 8 years ago

      Gotta love that New York night scene! HA! Great hub by the way

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      MikeNV 8 years ago from Henderson, NV

      What is funny about Google is you write about NY, but because I am not in NY - I don't just see NY ads.

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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful list of places to go and fun in the new york nightlife, I am going to bookmark this for future reference, the one place you mentioned that is a must for me to visit is the roof top bar called Salon de Ning specifically because of the great lounge under the sky with splendid views of Fifth Avenue, thanks for the great photos too!

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      TravelMonkey 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub! Given me some great ideas for my trip :)

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      Vietnam 8 years ago

      A very interesting nightlife. Thanks

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      very nice and detailed hub.......

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      etmoving 8 years ago

      I am in NYC a lot, and this hub makes me want to go even more. Thanks.

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      kiwi91 8 years ago from USA

      You have a lot of great travel hubs that I'll be taking a look at! I live in Mass, so I visit NYC every now and again, it's only a few hours away. It's always a great time. My cousin lives in Manhattan, so we're probably overdue for a visit. Thanks for these suggestions, I will definitely keep these in mind for my next trip down there.